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2014 Arctic Cat Engineering Ugly Sweater Contest

(12/19/2014)

2014 Arctic Cat Engineering Ugly Sweater Contest

There were only winners among the losers* in the 2014 Arctic Cat Engineering Ugly Sweater Contest.

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*Loser SWEATERS, not people.

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TGIF: The Dec. 19, 2014 Christmas Edition

(12/19/2014)

TGIF: Santa on his ATV

I'm thankful that jolly ol' Saint Nick is a card carrying member of the NRA.

I'm thankful for the sunglasses. At night.

I'm thankful that I didn't actually SEE mommy kissing Santa.

And I'm thankful it's Friday, Dec. 19th, 2014 (and that Christmas is next week).

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Scheele & Pake: A Team Arctic Family (and Familiar) Tradition

(12/18/2014)

Team Arctic's Anson & Aaron Scheele and Andy & Brad Pake at Fargo 2014.

Standing atop the podium of last week’s ISOC National Snocross in Fargo, ND, were two names familiar to anyone who followed Team Arctic terrain racing in the 1990s and early 2000s: Scheele and Pake.

The difference between then and now is the first names.

In the 1990s it was Aaron and Brad. Last weekend at Fargo, it was Anson and Andy.

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Trailside Chatter #3: The Sound of Snowmobiles Smashing

(12/15/2014)

The sound of a crashed Arctic Cat.

Funny how a snowmobile or ATV hitting an immovable object takes only a fraction of a second, but the sound of smashing alloy and plastic reverberates in my head for eternity.

Do you know this sound? Is it a soundtrack?

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TGIF: The Dec. 12, 2014 Edition

(12/12/2014)

Enjoy your snowmobile race wins with a satisfying Mark Ten cigarette

I'm thankful the Cat guys have made my Tiger smokin' fast.

I'm thankful that after winning yet another snowmobile race, the first thing shoved into my face is no longer a microphone, but a Mark Ten cigarette instead.

I'm thankful the creepy guy in the red hat is my brother, otherwise I'd be genuinely nervous.

And I'm thankful it's Friday, Dec. 12, 2014.

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Extra Stuff: 2015 Arctic Cat Snowmobile Accessory & Reference Guide

(12/11/2014)

2015 Arctic Cat Snow Reference Guide and Accessories

The glossy four-color Arcticwear & Accessories catalog that comes out every year has the newest stuff from Arctic Cat, but it doesn't contain ALL the accessories available for Arctic Cat snowmobiles.

But this handy-dandy 2015 Accessory Reference Guide surely does, with updated/new products (as well as older products for previous generation snowmobiles) not featured in the color accessory catalog.

Plus there's a lot of useful extra information, such as estimated installation times for various kits and parts; the actual dimensions for various bags from the color catalog; spare parts for bags and helmets; high altitude kits; optional suspension springs; belt and clutching charts; carb info and more.

Click HERE to download the pdf to your computer. It's a 3.5MB file, so it might take a few moments.

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Better Than Marginal: First Ride of the Season

(12/8/2014)

First ride on the 2015 Arctic Cat ZR4000 RR and XF6000 137. Photo by ArcticInsider.com

Despite the marginal (at best) conditions, my first snowmobile ride of the 2014-15 season was a total blast for me and my son.

And it was yet another reminder that great rides don't require perfect conditions or big miles.

Click to see what I'm talking about.

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TGIF: The Dec. 5, 2015 Edition

(12/5/2014)

TGIF: a roof-mounted Arctic Cat Lynx

I'm thankful for the handling and towing ease of the shorter-statured Arctic Cat Lynx.

I'm thankful for the extra traction provided by the cleated track.

I'm thankful my wife never looks at the roof of her car.

And I'm thankful it's Friday, Dec. 5, 2014.

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"95" Nate Ewing: An Unsung Hero at Duluth Snocross

(12/5/2014)

Nate Ewing races a custom 1995 Arctic Cat EXT at the '15 Duluth snocross. Photo by ArcticInsider.com

For a few brief laps, Nate Ewing of Big Lake, Minn., became the unsung hero and crowd favorite at the recent ISOC Duluth snocross.

Launching a 20-year old sled against the odds has a way of endearing yourself to the masses.

Click to read a little bit about the man, the legend.

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Duluth Recap: What I Learned at the 2014-15 Opener

(12/2/2014)

Arctic Cat photos from the 2014 Duluth Snocross. Photos by ArcticInsider.com

As it has for 23 years, the season opening Duluth snocross national served up great racing while answering many of the questions that characterize a new season.

Click to see some pix and read some observations from a grizzled veteran.

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TGIF: The Nov. 28, 2014 Edition

(11/28/2014)

TGIF and my passion for snowmobiling is on fire.

I'm thankful for the burning passion fuels this sport.

I'm thankful for heated grips and heated seats.

I'm thankful for Firecats, T'NTs, Nitros, Sno-Blazers, Liquifires, Starfires and more.

And I'm thankful it's Friday, Nov. 28, 2014.

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Tucker, Brian & Wes: Three of My Favorite Team Arctic Turkeys

(11/26/2014)

Three of my favorite Team Arctic Turkeys. Photo by ArcticInsider.com

On the eve of Thanksgiving 2014, I’d like to take a moment to honor three great turkeys.

You know them already. They’re pretty famous. And each is a good guy and a friend of mine.

But they’re definitely turkeys.

Click to read a Thanksgiving tale of three Team Arctic turkeys.

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TGIF: The Nov. 21, 2014 Edition

(11/21/2014)

A big snowmobile for a big snowfall

I'm thankful for the monster lake-effect snowfall that's blanketed the Great Lakes region of North America.

I'm thankful that I have a big sled to handle the big snow.

And I'm thankful it's Friday, Nov. 21, 2014.

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Happy Birthday C.J. Ramstad (and thanks for great writing like this).

(11/14/2014)

C.J. Ramstad, writer and dreamer.

Today (Nov. 14), would have been C.J. Ramstad's 69th birthday, had he not died in a tragic automobile crash with his son, J.J., in May 2007.

He was (and probably always will be) my favorite writer. One reason why was his great Pops Quiz column in Snowmobile Magazine during early to mid-1980s. As a gift to yourself on C.J.'s birthday, please read this gem from 1984.

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What Happens When a Thundercat Mates with a Yugo?!

(11/11/2014)

Arctic Cat T-Cat powered Yugo

I don't want to know why, rather I'd prefer to know what it drives like.

I'm referring to this honey of a Yugo that's powered by a 900cc Suzuki triple straight out of an Arctic Cat Thundercat. Someone just paid $2,025 for it on eBay.

Click to learn a wee bit more.

(And if you've driven this baby, please give us a report!)

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TGIF: The Nov. 7, 2014 Edition

(11/7/2014)

TGIF: Hunting with the quadski

I'm thankful for the Minnesota deer hunting opener.

I'm thankful my Quadski can transport me over the river and through the woods.

I'm thankful that, in the event my hunt is unsuccessful, I can buy a little more photoshopping for this image.

And I'm thankful it's Friday, Nov. 7, 2014.

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Legends Gather: Team Arctic Sno Pro Reunion

(11/6/2014)

Team Arctic's Dave Thompson, Roger Skime, Jim Dimmerman, Bill Decker, Bob Elsner, Bill Ness & Larry Coltom. By ArcticInsider.com

Recently, the core of Team Arctic's legendary Sno Pro team reuinited for the first time in more than three decades.

Larry Coltom, Dave Thompson, Bob Elsner, Jim Dimmerman, Roger Skime, Bill Ness and Bill Decker gathered to remember their past and reveal the present.

In this heartfelt, personal account of that weekend, Dimmerman takes us there and shares what it meant to him personally.

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Trailside Chatter #2: Indispensable Gear

(11/5/2014)

My favorite piece of snowmobile gear: handlebar muffs. Photo ArcticInsider.com

It’s November 1993.

While race-prepping the ZR 440 that he sponsored for me to contest the 1994 ISOC cross-country race season, Brian Nelson adds an accessory that will forever change my snowmobile experience and set a template for every snowmobile that I’ve owned since then.

It isn’t some game-changing clutch secret or revolutionary suspension set-up. Nope, far less tantalizing or exotic...(MORE)

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TGIF: The Halloween 2014 Edition

(10/31/2014)

Arctic Cat Halloween Pumpkin from ArcticInsider

I'm thankful that we celebrate the mischievous one day each year.

I'm thankful when that day is a Friday.

I'm thankful for the fiery idea that I stole from THUG Kitchen.

And I'm thankful it's Halloween 2014.

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Trailside Chatter #1: Making Plans

(10/28/2014)

Trailside Chatter #1: Making plans

(The thoughtful feedback and comments I get from you guys is one of my favorite things about this website. Beginning this week I'm going to post semi-regular questions that swirl around in my brain, with hopes that you might share your answer.)

 

53,280.

That was how many minutes until the first cross-country race of the season, from the moment that my son Calvin asked the question recently.

He was sort-of joking when he asked the question, but he was dead-serious about his anticipation of going and competing there. He was making plans... (MORE)

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